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Mamata Banerjee proposes rail coach factory at Singur

Singur, Mon, 03 Aug 2009 ANI

Singur (WB), Aug 3 (ANI): Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee has said her ministry was ready to set up a rail coach factory at Singur, if the land earlier acquired by the Tatas to set up 'Nano' factory was made available.


Banerjee was flagging off the new Singur-Howrah 'Andolan' suburban train in Singur.alking to reporters here on Sunday, Banerjee said she wanted 600 acres of land for the proposed rail coach factory, out of the 1000 acres acquired for the small car project and 400 acres returned to the farmers.


"If we are given the 600 acres of land, then under the supervision of the railway ministry and if the central government declares it as national policy... then we may set a rail coach factory as we need it. We need to be prepared as the number of passengers increasing," Banerjee added.


The announcement from the rail minister comes a year after she launched a campaign in the region against the acquisition of the land of the farmers for the Tata Nano plant in Singur.


The small car project of the Tatas was delayed due to land disputes at its planned site in Singur and was later shifted to a new site in Gujarat. (ANI)


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